Set in Hawaii, The Descendants starring George Clooney as Matt King, a land baron who reacquaints himself with his two daughters when his wife is in a coma after a boating accident off of Waikiki. Production designer Jane Ann Stewart created a home with an “old plantation style” look, adding history through color, accessories and detail.
The original house belonged to another “descendants” type family and the wood had been stripped and painted with a semi-gloss white that was restored to original condition by the production team. Set decorator Matt Calahan purchased furnishings from shops all over the island. “When you’re dressing a set, you just layer it with lots of history, a little bit of the orient, some Americana – especially from the ’50s and ’60s,” notes Stewart.
This is one of my favorite movie houses. There’s so much warmth and layers. It makes me feel right at home. There’s a lot of who they are as a family – photographs, books and painting.
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